The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When a bro needs help in the romance department, where can he turn? When star baseball player Gavin Scott’s marriage hits the rocks, his tight-knit group of friends bands together to help him fix things—with the help of a few good, old-fashioned romance novels. The Bromance Book Club is a hilarious, steamy, and amazingly charming read. Gavin’s efforts to do right by his woman are heartwarming and his bonds with his friends feel real and lived-in. We also love how the posse’s perspectives on romance are funny and thoughtful. The ultimate message of the book—men, it’s okay to feel your feelings!—is one that we wholeheartedly support, and one we don’t see very often. Reading Lyssa Kay Adams’ novel made us want to talk about affairs of the heart with our own guy friends.
In this heartfelt romance, a professional baseball player fights to save his failing marriage with the help of some good friends and the inspirational exploits of a fictional nobleman. When Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's wife, Thea, informs him not only that she wants a divorce but that she has been faking orgasms for the three years of their marriage, he's devastated. Macho man Gavin is just desperate enough to take the advice of a secret book club made up of other athletes and powerful men who get relationship tips from romance novels. They instruct him to use a Regency romance, Courting the Countess, as a blueprint for starting over and wooing his wife properly. Gavin and Thea rekindle their relationship, one chapter at a time, while working through their individual issues. Adams (Seventh Inning Heat) weaves in humor, complex emotions, and excerpts from the motivational story itself to create a satisfying courtship. A strong supporting cast, including Gavin's book clubmates and his tiny, adorable twin daughters, helps flesh out the Legends community. This earnest charmer is sure to win Adams new fans.
I was surprised
The premise of this series sounds so cringey you can probably understand why I was so surprised by how much I adored this book. I mean, some random “big wigs of Nashville” coming together in a book club where they secretly read romantic books??? Sounds pretty ridiculous, almost like it could be a fanfiction (Gavin would be Kylo Ren, Mark would be Poe…you get where I’m going with this). But this was actually the best new age romance I’ve read in a very long time. Not only was it funny, but the problems in Gavin and Thea’s marriage were fleshed out in such a beautiful way. From the summary I thought it was going to be a twenty something chapter book of some husband trying to find his wife’s G-Spot and finding reconciliation through sex.
I’m grateful it wasn’t about that. When it’s revealed that Gavin was insecure about his relationship with Thea because of his stutter, and Thea was afraid to be vulnerable because of her relationship with her father, I couldn’t have been happier with this story. it
Love is Enough
The moment I read the synopsis and saw the amazing cover, I knew I needed to read The Bromance Book Club. I fell in love with the idea of a bunch of men forming a secret romance book club in order to better understand women and help their own relationships. I will admit that I was a little worried that the book might not live up to all the hype and buzz, but I can happily say that for me, it was just what I needed and more. The Bromance Book Club is a hilarious and heartfelt romance that had me laughing out loud one moment and clutching my heart the next. The story is told in the 3rd person, but we do get to hear and know the thoughts of both main characters. There’s also a wonderful romance novel called Courting the Countess that runs parallel with the main story, which our hero, Gavin, uses to better understand his wife and himself.
Gavin and Thea’s story of a marriage in crisis is all too relatable. They are so perfectly human. Each making mistakes, struggling to find themselves, and facing hard truths. I may not share the same past histories and experiences as Gavin and Thea, but I think all relationships over time face challenges. I found myself contemplating my own marriage throughout the book and the give and take that occurs to make a relationship thrive. How sometimes you have to “open a vein” and lay yourself bare to come out stronger on the other side. The message of loving someone for their whole self and not despite their faults, was so powerful. I loved how Gavin and Thea both grew and matured individually through the course of the book and that in the process, their marriage did as well. One thing I found really refreshing was that Gavin was not the typical over the top alpha romance hero. He stutters, has insecurities, and he is all in for Thea and their daughters from page 1. All these things only endeared him to me more.
This review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the actual bromance book club. I loved the inspiration and purpose of the club, as well as the diversity of the members and how they each had their own insights into the “manuals”. I thought the secondary characters were just as wonderful as Gavin and Thea. Mack was especially hilarious and provided wonderful comic relief for some of the heavier moments. I’m excited to hear that his book will be next, especially after his awkward meet cute with Thea’s sister, Liv. Speaking of Liv, as a little sister myself, I can completely relate to the fierce protectiveness and unapologetic support she gave to Thea (even when it wasn’t necessary). I know her behavior may rub some readers the wrong way, but I believe her heart was always in the right place.
The Bromance Book Club is a fantastic read from start to finish and I’m already counting the days until Mack’s book!
*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
The Bromance Book Club
Even though the sisters in this story had a reason for their behavior, I was rooting for the guy from the first all the way through. An OK story.